Spectrum heart center to open
* Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health has dedicated its $137 million Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center, which opens Nov. 29. The nine-story, 330,000-square-foot facility is located on the campus of Spectrum's Butterworth Campus. About $34 million of the total cost was contributed by 3,000 donors, chiefly the Meijers, founders of the national grocery and retailing chain that bears their name. Richard McNamara, medical director of cardiology at Spectrum, said staff and physicians helped design the building to create "the best possible patient experience." The not-for-profit 164-bed heart center's staff includes 60 cardiologists, cardiac electrophysiologists, and cardiac and vascular surgeons. The facility is expected to serve 13,000 cardiac patients.
Texas county to get 2 hospitals
* Williamson County, Texas, just north of Austin, would get two new hospitals, with a combined construction cost of $215 million under separate plans announced earlier this month by Seton Healthcare Network, Austin, and Triad Hospitals, Plano, Texas. Seton signed a contract to buy about 75 acres in Round Rock for a full-service hospital that initially would house 160 beds but would be built to expand up to about 300 beds, said John Brindley, president and chief executive officer of Seton's Austin hospitals. The new hospital would be completed in Seton's fiscal 2010 at an estimated cost of about $160 million, Brindley said. Triad signed a nonbinding letter of intent to build a 75-bed hospital in nearby Cedar Park at a cost of about $55 million, Cedar Park City Manager Craig Lonon said. The city plans to give the hospital tax breaks, Lonon said. Triad declined further comment. Williamson County has attracted attention from other systems. St. David's HealthCare Partnership, Austin, in June said it would almost double the size of 118-bed Round Rock Medical Center in a $58 million expansion. Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, Temple, reportedly owns land in the area.